Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard has been given a contract extension until 2018 for his fine form this season, according to the Mirror.
The USA international, who signed from Manchester United, has kept 12 clean sheets in the league so far this season. The 35-year-old had a contract which was due to expire in June 2016 but with his recent good form a further two year extension has been given.
“It is fantastic news,” Martinez told Evertontv.
To have Tim Howard performing as he has been this season, I cannot see past him to choose the best goalkeeper in the league.
“For him, in such an important year with the World Cup around the corner, to commit his future for the long term is an incredible moment for the dressing room.”
“I am extremely proud of Tim’s achievements for the football Club,” continued Martinez.
“On top of his goalkeeping it’s his overall demeanour and personality in the dressing room. He is a strong leader.”
Howard will now try to help Everton overcome their recent loss to Crystal Palace and finish above Arsenal in the Premier League to play in the Champions League next season. Despite the departures of David Moyes and Marouane Fellaini at the start of this term the Toffees have looked incredibly strong under Martinez, and many are tipping them to upset the apple cart and break into the top four.
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